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  • Film

    October 2, 2014

    André Benjamin Is Hendrix, but the Women Make Jimi.

    You'll learn more about the ladies than you will about his genius.

  • Film

    September 25, 2014

    André Benjamin is Hendrix, but the women make Jimi.

    You'll learn more about the ladies than you will about his genius.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The Houston Music Hall of Fame Class of 2014

    There's an old saying in the music industry that you have your whole life to make your first album but six months to a year for your second. This is almost the reverse. Last year, when we started the Houston Music Hall of Fame to salute the 25th anniversary of the Houston Press Music Awards, the who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd Takes a Ride In New Blues-Rock Supergroup

    How the new guitar-centric blues-rock supergroup The Rides came together involves a genesis that's more football than foot pedals. But the core trio of singer/guitarists Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg couldn't be happier about the venture, whether it's a one-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Eric Clapton's Life Under a Musical Microscope

    Eric Clapton Day by Day -- The Early Years: 1963-1982 By Marc Roberty Backbeat Books, 352 pp., $39.99 Make no mistake: Any rock bio with the subtitle "Day by Day" is not going to appeal to the casual fan. Nope, these series are for the obsessives who want full and detailed documentation on their ob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones at the Crighton Theatre, 6/15/2013

    Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, Mike Stinson Crighton Theatre, Conroe June 15, 2013 Making the relatively short trip to the Crighton Theatre can't help but feel a bit like stepping back a few decades, but with a contemporary twist. The Montgomery County fathers (and mothers) have invested no small am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Fresh Cream and the Top 10 Power Trios of All Time

    Forty-six years ago this week, British blues-rockers Cream unveiled their debut album, Fresh Cream, one of the most deeply influential rock and roll records of all time. The original supergroup, the band was intended to unite the "cream" of the late-'60s British blues scene, featuring Eric Clapton ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Five on Five: Fender vs. Gibson, Who Had the Better Players?

    ​For guitar players, it's an age old question: are you a Fender guy or a Gibson guy? Over the years since both companies became popular in rock music, many other guitar manufacturers have made inroads, but none have been able to surpass the power and tradition of these two giants in the guitar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Flying High Again: Five-ish Guys That Made the Flying V Famous

    There are few instruments more distinctive than the Flying V. It's odd that a guitar this funky looking has been commonly used by a wide range of guitar players from country and blues to rock, but it has. Over the years, particularly in the '80s when "the weirder the shape the better" and "splotched ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Dick Dale Still Riding The Wild Surf At 74

    Wednesday's show moved from 2016 Mainstage to Continental Club Photos via​At 74, California surf guitar god Dick Dale has just about seen it all. He was in on the ground floor of the development of the Fender product line, the invention of the 15" JBL speaker, the Showman and Dua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Last Night: Smashing Pumpkins And Jimmy Eat World At Verizon

    Photos by GroovehouseStill bleeding: Jimmy Eat World​Buzzfestivus with Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat World Verizon Wireless Theater December 5, 2010 Ringing in the radio-friendly holiday spirit, 94.5 The Buzz welcomed Jimmy Eat World and Smashing Pumpkins to the first night of its annual "Buzz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Wal-Mart Ejects Christian Band From Store

    The 71s are a Christian rock band, but don't let that distract you from the fact that they are completely awesome. Trust me, when a former Satanist is a Christian band's biggest cheerleader, then that band is a band to be reckoned with. And a stunt like the story behind the group's "Start Again" vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Jeff Beck, Speaking Without Words

    Photos by Jason Wolter​ Aftermath supposes that, when it comes to music, poetry is where you find it. But unlike the evergreen Beatles vs. Stones debate, or the even more pronounced vinyl/CD/MP3 back-and-forth, the line between those who prefer their music with lyrics and those who can take it str ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010
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    December 11, 2009

    Five Days of Giftmas: Music Lovers

    Photo by GroovehouseThe old Cactus Music sign​Sick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas. Hair Balls is headed to Cactus Music tonight for another in-store, and it got us thinking -- Cactus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    He Said, She Said: Gone Too Soon

    A rash of recent musical deaths (Michael Jackson and DJ AM among others) have led us here at Rocks Off to do some speculating of our own: Which musicians do we feel were taken from us too soon? Obvious answers like the Famous Js (John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin) or the dual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Aftermath: Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood at Toyota Center

    Photos by Daniel Kramer Two words came into Aftermath's head shortly into the show uniting these former Blind Faith bandmates and arguably two of classic rock's biggest stars: peerless musicianship. They stayed with us for the rest of the concert. While we can appreciate the bombast and big show of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Eyeballin': Rory Gallagher Live in Cork

    By the time of his 1995 death at the age of 47 due to complications from liver transplant surgery, Rory Gallagher was already a giant blues-rock guitar hero - albeit in pretty much every country besides the U.S. And it's a shame that these shores never cottoned to the Irishman, who in his prime cert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Reporter’s Notebook: Random Scrawlings from the Van Halen Show

    Click here for a slideshow Whether for space or continuity considerations, music reviewers usually find that half of what they write down during a concert, or more, winds up on the newspaper equivalent of the cutting-room floor. Sometimes this is for the best, but thanks to the Internet such jotting ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2007
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    August 2, 2007

    Tyrone Vaughan

    Jimmy’s little boy is all grown up and playing hard

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007
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    February 15, 2007
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    August 31, 2006

    Unholy Getdown

    Stevie Wonder, Prince and Martin Sexton combine in the Mighty Orq's tasty blues-rock stew

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2006

    Not That We Don't Love the Classics...

    Think of all the money you'd save on DJs and koozies... Blame it on the train, but this weekend I was stopped in front of a lumbering mechanical beast of burden when I flipped the station and caught a throaty DJ on The Arrow spouting a promo blurb I hadn't heard before: "Like a giant iPod filled ... More >>

  • Music

    March 6, 2003

    The Boob Scotch Tour

    Staying abreast of modern trends in blues with Bob Log III

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Black Gold

    A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep

  • News

    May 16, 2002

    Small Wonder

    The Hyde Park Miniature Museum has been dredged out of mothballs, but will it find a permanent home before time runs out?

  • Music

    January 4, 2001


    Man or Astro-Man?

  • Music

    November 9, 2000

    Dick Dale

    Tarantino's Ennio Morricone

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Triple-A Poet

    Patty Larkin turns literary inclinations into progressive folk songs

  • Music

    August 10, 2000

    Lady Belts the Blues

    Marcia Ball signs with Alligator and gets a new groove on

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Houston Press Music Awards 2000

    Your guide to the Music Awards Showcase

  • Music

    March 23, 2000
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    January 6, 2000

    Monday, Monday

    The blues make the first day of the week seem less so at Miss Ann's Playpen

  • Music

    December 2, 1999

    Teley Blues

    Coming This Week

  • Music

    September 9, 1999

    White Boy Blues

    Houston native Vince Converse takes homegrown blues sound to heart

  • Music

    July 8, 1999

    Son of Jack

    Kerouac-inspired, Austin-based Guy Forsyth trips out in Americana dream

  • Music

    February 25, 1999
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    January 28, 1999
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    May 15, 1997
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    February 13, 1997
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    September 26, 1996

    No More Same Old, Same Old

    Buddy Guy finally gets the respect he's always wanted

  • Music

    February 15, 1996
  • News

    July 28, 1994

    Hot Sounds in the City

    The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards

  • Music

    June 23, 1994
  • Music

    April 7, 1994

    Mixed Messages

    Houston charts go national -- but at home it's hard-luck stories

  • Music

    March 24, 1994
  • Music

    March 10, 1994

    Takin' the Lead

    Quintessential backup man (and Stevie Ray mentor) Doyle Bramhall steps out in front

  • Music

    December 2, 1993

    Hendrix: Dead, Live and Unearthed

    A spate of tributes and reissues that hit and miss

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